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Lakeland Praises `Phenominal Character` After Comeback Win

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Adam Lakeland, manager of Evo-Stik League Premier club Farsley Celtic, praised his side’s phenomenal character as they battle back from 3-2 down with two late goals to snatch a crucial win at Barwell on Saturday.

Late strikes from Paul Walker and Nathan Turner in the closing stages of the game saw the Celts clinch a dramatic win and Lakeland had nothing but praise for his squad’s team spirit.

Lakeland told the club`s official Pitchero website: “At 3-2 down I was looking around with five minutes to go and we had so many lads that were carrying knocks and just looked really tired.

“To first of all go and get an equaliser was great but to the go and win the game was just unbelievable. We’ve done it so many times this season because we’ve got such a great team spirit and we never know when we’re beaten.

“I’m immensely proud of how we kept going until the end and that could prove to be a really big goal for us at the end there.

“We’ve come back from places in games this season that I’ve never seen teams come back from. You know, 2-0 down, 3-1 down, and now 3-2 down away from home and we keep going until the end. It only takes a second to score a goal and we’ve tried to instill that in them to keep going and never give up, never stop.

“All the lads get on, there’s such a good team spirit in there and the all put in a shift for each other and that has shown again today.”

The Farsley boss has one injury concern for tomorrow’s clash at Witton Albion, with Chris Atkinson carrying a knock for the conclusion of Saturday’s game.

However, he’s confident of Atkinson’s involvement, saying: “Chris will be a concern for Tuesday, we’ll have to see how it settles down in the next 24 hours or so. He went in for a 50/50, won the ball but felt a little twinge in his quad.

“Chris keeps on going though and has been an ever present in our team this season and he’s been absolutely top drawer all season. He managed to get through the rest of the game and there’s no chance that he won’t want to be involved tomorrow so he’ll probably be fine”.

Mark Rawlinson

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